Tuesday, June 28, 2011

White Wednesday~~Be Kind to the Newbie!!

Hi Everyone!

This is my very first time participating in White Wednesday!!


It is graciously hosted by
Kathleen over at Faded Charm

I hope you'll go check out all the other fabulous whites there!!

I have been having a blast with...
of all things...

My regular followers may have seen these already,
but they are so simple to work with, and so
inexpensive, I though I'd share them for WW.

This is a French inspired lavande bouquet!!

I used a 1" foam brush and just brushed on
some white acrylic paint here and there.
You don't want to cover up all the brown.
For this one I used a vintage graphic frame from
the Graphics Fairy {I think}, printed Lavande
on it in a fancy font, glittered it a bit with German
glass glitter and tied the tag on with vintage seam binding.

The inside has moss glued to the bottom; lavender bunched
and glued to it, and then I glued in moss around the lavender.

These are hot sellers in my Etsy shop
and are sooo much fun to create!!

Another little French inspired pot!!

This one features vintage French dictionary pages
rolled up and shredded, another little text
graphic from the Graphics Fairy, embellished with
German glass glitter, a vintage rhinestone button,
silk sari ribbon, and some tulle.

and lastly...a bird nest!!

A view from the top

Burlap, twine,  a vintage inspired enamel number,
and all kinds of nesting goodness!!

Love me some bird nests,
don't you!

Look at your stash and see what you can come up with!
You'll have a blast!

Use your imagination!  These little pots are so versatile!
They can be used as treat holders at parties, sweet little
gifts, gift card holders, you name it!!

Hope you have a fabulous Wednesday!
Thanks for stopping by!!

Remember someone needs your smile today!


Monday, June 27, 2011

Etsy Love~~Patriotic!

Have you discovered the JOY of Etsy??

Since opening my shop, I have become an avid
Etsy shopper, and I have never been disappointed!

There are so many incredibly talented, creative, and
imaginative women out there, and I love the idea of
supporting other small business owners!

Most owners include something extra in with their
orders and they all come packaged so nicely.
{I'm sure there are some exceptions, but I haven't found any yet!}

SO...I have decided to regularly feature Etsy stuff I love
cause I know you will love it too!

WELL... here goes... my first
ETSY LOVE  post!!

I am including all the links so you can go buy it
if you so desire!!  What fun!!

I soo want a truck of my own!!!
{little known fact!}

Oh. My. Goodness.
Don't you think little Hannah needs one of these
adorable headbands??

Fab cottage porch decor!!

OK...another baby...could you have resisted this??
Yeah...didn't think so!!
Plus my Mom used to knit beanies
for everyone...literally!!
{warm fuzzy time}

You WILL find the absolute cutest
baby photos ever on Etsy...really!

one more~~

Fun retro, patriotic paper straws!!
This shop has them for every occasion and
in many different colors!!
A personal fave!!

Our fourth is going to be rather low key...
but that definitely isn't a bad thing!!

What do you have planned?

Hugs to you!!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Ohh....She Takes Care of Herself...

The other day in the car, I heard
an old tune by this guy...

She's Always A Woman, by none other than Billy Joel.
I loved his music when I was young. This one
came out in 1977, when I was a mere 18.

One line in the song REALLY grabbed me...

Ohhh she takes care of herself....

It kind of stopped me dead in my tracks!

God used this one line from this one song
to impress on my heart that I haven't
been taking very good care of me!!

As a wife, mother, nana, home school teacher, and
business owner, somehow my time gets
all used up rather quickly.

The one thing I have guarded with my life
is my quiet time with God.  I'm sure that is
why I have managed as well as I have until now!!

I'm sharing this because I think this is
probably a very wide spread issue with women, and
we are not only doing ourselves a disservice,
but when we don't look after our spiritual, physical,
and emotional needs, everyone around us is eventually

Now, I'm not talking about justifying over indulging
ourselves with expensive stuff or anything like that.

I am talking about really caring for ourselves so
we can be better prepared for each day!

For me that looks something like this...

Spending time each morning drinking in God's
Word, praising Him, and praying

Making wise food choices...
choosing natural whole foods
and eliminating most sugar,
and food additives.

Being a better steward of my body...MAKING the
time to exercise, so I can enjoy being a wife, mom, nana,
home school teacher, business owner, and anything else
God has planned for me as long as possible!!

Once again, MAKING the time for some rest and relaxation,
and MAKING time to spend with friends!

I went shopping and to lunch with my dear friend, Nellie,
yesterday and had such a blast!

Nellie lives about 7 miles from me, but I hadn't spent
any time with her in what seems like forever!!  Why???

We have to make time...and guard it...
or it will never happen!!

Us girls need girl time!!  It's a FACT!!

And lastly...

Enjoying a favorite hobby

For me that is creating...
With all of the other demands on my time,
I haven't been taking time to create...
simply for the pure pleasure of creating,
and expressing myself through my creations.

And I must add to this the need to use the gifts
God has given us to bless others.
He wants to bring glory to Himself through
our gifts and talents, and not have us just
keep them to ourselves. 

Faith is an action word!

Well, maybe you're doing better at
all of this than I am,

{and if you are that is fabulous, and I am thrilled for you}

and maybe you're right where I'm at.
Whatever the case, I know this,

Once we begin to get a little better grasp on this,
{it's all a process, you know?}
we will find that we will be more balanced in general,
and will be better able to
walk confidently through this life we've been
blessed with, and have a positive
impact on all those we come in contact with!

That's my goal!!

Love ya bunches!
Have a great day,
and a glorious weekend!!

OH!!  OH!!

I almost forgot!

My lovely friend, Julie over at
Saltbox Treasures

is having a delightful giveaway of over
25 different lovely items
including a $20 certificate
to her Etsy shop!!


It ends June 27th
and you don't want to miss out!!


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I Choose...

Hi everyone! 

My goodness, it is great to be back blogging!!
Sure have missed you all!  I'll get around to visit you soon!

Our new little grandy Hannah is doing great! 
Already blossoming like a lovely little flower...

Thank you all for sharing in my joy!!
What a blessing you are!

 The other day, I came across
an older devotional by Max Lucado..
You have heard of him, right?
This one is called
Grace for the Moment.

I love the title.  It speaks to me.

I get filled with joy deep inside when I respond
to life and all it's ups and downs with grace.

I feel that I can always use a little more grace
in my heart!.
Though I have read it before, what I read in the first few
pages really blessed me...so of course I have to share...

I choose LOVE...

No occasion justifies hatred;
no injustice warrants bitterness.
Today I will love God and what God loves.

I choose JOY...

I will invite God to be the God of circumstance.
I will refuse the temptation to be cynical...
the tool of the lazy thinker.

I will refuse to see people as anything less than
human beings created by God. 
I will refuse to see any problem as anything
less than an opportunity to see God.

I choose PEACE

I will live forgiven.
I will forgive so that I may live.

Lovely, isn't it?
There is more I will share next week.

Have a beautiful week!
Hugs To You!!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Toes in the sand,
and waves lapping the shore,

Sipping ice cold, refreshing, pretty drinks...

Sweet plump, juicy berries...summer's bounty...
to be enjoyed so many different ways

A simple and charming idea
for a tote I want to embellish...

Life is good, isn't it?

You know, I try each day to take snippets of time
to appreciate some of life's
little inspirations, and thank my God
for each one!

It truly can make all the difference
in how a day goes!

I am off to the grocery store,
and then back to my studio to

We need to always
Live Inspired!

It is so much more fun!!!

Sunny Florida Hugs to You!!
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